Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
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Upcoming events

    • 25 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Hosted by NDAGS online

    Finding female ancestors can pose a unique challenge. Between name changes and females often not even being referred to by first name in records, it can lead to some tricky researching. Join us as Cathi Weber shares tips for looking in early  records for women’s names and gives tips and ideas  on where to look.  Cathi Weber has been researching her family tree for over 40 years and is the owner of NorthStar Genealogy.  She  teaches genealogy classes and assists clients in researching their families. She is the president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society. 

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted Online by PGS

    Records are created when land is sold, transferred, used, disputed, or recorded.  This means that land records are incredibly rich sources of information.  However, because these materials also have the reputation of being dense and complex, many people are intimidated by them.  (We certainly were when we started working with them!)  But the fact is that any researcher can find success in learning more about places and the people who lived there.

    During this session, we are going to share some of what we have learned through working with researchers and on our own projects, including:

    • An overview of different types of land records, why they exist, and how they can differ (city vs. farmland, for example)
    • Where to find these records: in person, at a distance, or online
    • How to read and understand different record-types and formats, including useful terminology and tips for using legal, technical, valuation, and visual materials
    • What can be learned by combining records with each other and by adding larger historical context
    • Ways to learn about land from non-land records, and the opposite: gleaning non-land information from land records
    • Tips and tricks for research methods and processes

    We will be focusing on Minnesota-based records, but much of the information can be transferred to help with research in other states.  Questions are very welcome!


    Jennifer Wagner and Jenny McElroy

    Reference Librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society


    This event will be streamed online. A link to the YouTube video will be sent to all members one week prior.

    Depending on COVID regulations, there will be availability to watch the meeting from the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights. More specific information will be posted in early Fall.

    Not a PGS-MN member and want to join us? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application, which will then link you to pay online.


    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Instructor: Thomas MacEntee 

    It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file data so you can put the fun back in your research!

    Attendees will learn the basics of working ‘smarter’ instead of ‘harder’ when it comes to managing genealogy data. We’ll cover setting up genealogy projects and tracking them to completion, using a research log to track research and how to better manage your genealogy files.

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International

    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Hosted by NDAGS online

    Danish church books contain a fantastic amount of genealogical information and it’s worth researching the original scanned pages. But the layouts can be unwieldy and the handwriting sometimes near impossible to read. This program aims to give background about Denmark’s church books, review how the national archives present the pages, and give pointers about interpreting hand-writing or uncommon words. It will also illustrate flourishes used by different priests, including margin doodles. Guess what one priest drew for each marriage entry! The speaker is Cathy Kristiansen, of Danish Ancestors & History.

    Register in advance for this webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    • 4 Dec 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Instructor: David Rencher 

    Dozens of websites now offer substantial support for Irish family history research. Most fall into one or more categories: web portals, Irish archives/libraries/record offices, government programs, genealogy companies with Irish content, genealogical and historical societies and county websites. This session will focus on the Irish record collections available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast.

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International

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